Aloha Airlines Flight 243 Climbs To It's Enroute Altitude When The Aircraft Fuselage Ruptures
Aloha Airlines Flight 243 departed Hilo en route to Honolulu at 1.25 p.m. on 28 April 1988. As the Boeing 737 leveled off at top of its climb the fuselage ruptured and senior flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing was blown from the aircraft. To her death. The Aloha Boeing was being flown by First Officer Madeline Tompkins when it burst apart. She told investigators how her head was jerked back by the blast. The Captain told how the cockpit door was blown away, how he could see back into the cabin and how there was blue sky where the roof had been. Back in the cabin, 89 passengers were strapped in but well aware of their plight. They had seen nearly six metres of cabin disappear, and some had seen Clarabelle Lansing swept through a hole in the left wall. The two other flight attendants had been standing in the aisle and
were blown to the floor. One was seriously injured and a seated passenger had to hold on to her to keep her in the aircraft. The other attendant crawled along the aisle, clinging on to seat legs and comforting passengers. Not all of the structure had torn away cleanly. There were jagged bit of metal being battered by the slipstream, then breaking loose and spearing back among the passengers. Most of the passengers were injured, seven seriously. (Investigation Four Years Later By Martin Aubury).
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